Snow report Europe 3/12/23: Bumper snowfalls for the Alps!
Early-season snowfall has got skiers extremely excited for the 2023-24 ski season!! A number of snowstorms rolled in across the Alps through November, bringing substantial powder dumps. Just this past week, we have seen a metre of powder to high-altitude resorts in France, Austria and Switzerland with around half a metre in Italy. And the best news is there’s more snow on the way next week, particularly at the start and end of the week.
One of the snowiest Novembers on record!
November snow storms have laid a fantastic base for the season ahead. This is in sharp contrast to the much warmer start to winter we had last year, where there was a shortage of snow and even the highest resorts were struggling.
A huge number of ski resorts are flinging open their doors this weekend, welcoming early-season skiers to make the most of the awesome powder conditions. See our list of Open Ski Resorts in Europe
Read our snow reports for France, Austria, Switzerland and Italy below.
Snow report Europe
The French Alps has seen over a metre of snow this week! In fact Tignes has seen more than two metres – a whopping 235cm of powder in 7 days!
More snow is expected, with up to 90cm next week for the French Alps. Click on individual ski resorts for more snow forecast information.
The best snow conditions in France are in Val Thorens (90-190cm), Tignes (63-220cm), Chamonix (60-320cm), Courchevel (54-136cm), Val d’Isere (70-150cm), Meribel (60-135cm), Alpe d’Huez (55-180cm), La Clusaz (30-120cm) and Les 2 Alpes (30-190cm). See the full France snow report.
There are 12 resorts now open in France, most in the Northern French Alps.
The Austrian Alps has seen a metre of powder pile up in some of its high-altitude ski resorts this week.
More snow is on the way next week – click on individual ski resorts for up-to-date snow forecast information.
Some of the best skiing conditions in Austria at present are in high-altitude resorts: Ischgl (40-100cm), Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fierberbrunn (70-110cm), Lech Zuers (70-200cm), Solden(40-212cm), Obertauern (130-200cm), Zell am See (45-124cm), Obergurgl-Hochgurgl (50-130cm), Kitzbuehel (35-85cm)
The Swiss Alps has seen up to a metre of powder this week.
More snow is on the way next week – click on individual ski resorts up-to-date snow forecast information.
The best snow conditions in Switzerland can be found in Laax (35-120cm), Adelboden (57-167cm), Verbier (40-110cm), Skiarena Andermatt-Sedrun (50-80cm), Saas-Fee (45-210cm), Davos-Klosters (79-169cm), Engadin St. Moritz (6-115cm) and Engelberg (20-110cm).
The Italian Alps hasn’t had quite as much snow as other parts of the Alps, but resorts are still building up a good snow base after around half a metre this week.
More light snow is on the way next week – click on individual ski resorts for snow forecast information.
For more weather information in the Alps, read our Long-range weather forecast for winter 2023-24
Checkout individual resort Facebook pages for the latest snow pictures.